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Spider

Spider

Spring 2014 Magazines
Ages: 6 - 9 yrs.
Publisher: ePals Media
Newsstand Price: $6.95
Subscription Price: $33.95 / 9 Issues
Review:

Spider comes from the same group that publishes Cricket, Ladybug and Muse magazines, among others. It has a literary bent, with its focus on fiction, poetry and whimsical art rather than splashy polls, puzzles or gimmicks. There is a very artistic feel to it, combined with a clever and fun sense of humor.

Among the treats in each issue is a serialized, ongoing story featuring a cranky (but charming) brother-sister duo named Doodlebug and Dandelion. Their story kicks off each issue and their adventures support the monthly theme. Another delight is the cast of charming cartoon insect characters who line the margins of each page. While they act out their own individual shenanigans, they also offer witty, Greek chorus-style commentary on the stories and articles above them. They're worldly and funny, and among them is "Spider," the magazine's namesake. There are a handful of activities in each installment—puzzles, games, crafts—and each issue also includes an interesting hands-on pull-out feature. But the emphasis is on stories, and the stories are wonderful. The fiction is engaging, the poetry's fun—it's a reading treat. This is a quality magazine that opens children up to a varied and solid range of literary influences, and also stays true to its sense of fun.

Teresa DiFalco   ©2014 Parents' Choice
Teresa DiFalco is an award-winning ghostwriter, writer, and mother in Vancouver, Washington. She's been a contributing editor for Parents' Choice for over ten years. She's a strong speller, a menace at badminton, and makes a decent soufflé.

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